Invitation Letter to Women in Hong Kong
Protect yourself against cervical cancer
Do you know there is a simple test that can help reducing your risk of
getting cervical cancer? A cervical screening programme in Hong Kong has
been started since 8 March 2004 to help women get this protection.
Cervical cancer is still common in Hong Kong. In the early stages, there
may be no symptoms and it is almost always silent. Yet the good news is
that the risk of getting cervical cancer can be reduced if you go for
regular cervical smears. Cervical smear is a simple test that can detect
changes in your cervix before cancer develops.
If you have ever had sex, whether you are single, married or have reached
menopause, you should have regular cervical smears. Don't wait for
symptoms, every woman needs regular cervical smears. If you have never
had a cervical smear, please make an appointment with your family doctor,
gynaecologist, the government maternal and child health centre or other
health clinics. Should you have any queries, please talk to your doctor.
Enclosed please find a booklet
which should answer your questions about the cervical smear, how often
you need to have one and where to go for the test. You can also call our
24-hour health education hotline 2833 0111 for information or visit our
Act now to protect your health!
(Dr. P.Y. LAM)
Director of Health